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10 July 2009 

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Iran Presidential Election

Iranian voters went to the polls Friday, June 12, to choose a president. Iran’s Interior Ministry proclaimed incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad the victor. According to election commission figures, Mr. Ahmedinejad won about 62 percent of the vote to nearly 34 percent for his closest competitor, Mir Hossein Mousavi. Mr. Mousavi complained of voting irregularities and his supporters took to the streets in protest.

Since then there have been daily demonstrations by many thousands of residents in Tehran and elsewhere – at first protesting the election results, but now for basic human rights in Iran. How this situation will end is uncertain but, one way or another, it will change the future of Iran. Because of restrictions placed on news services, we are providing videos sent to us by residents of Iran. We also have slideshows of eyewitness photographs of unfolding events sent to us. VOA correspondents report on the election’s aftermath in the section below.  

See videos below and watch our slideshows.


Photo obtained by AP outside Iran shows an Iranian female protester in front of burning public trash bins during an opposition rally in Tehran, 09 Jul 2009
Comments come after police clashed with demonstrators marking 10th anniversary of student uprising
Photo obtained by AP outside Iran shows an Iranian female protester in front of burning public trash bins during an opposition rally in Tehran, 09 Jul 2009
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to the crowd during a religious ceremony, warning Western governments against "meddling" in Iran's post-election riots, 06 Jul 2009
Iranian reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi during a press conference after polls closed in Tehran, 12 June 2009
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei waves to the crowd during a religious ceremony, warning Western governments against "meddling" in Iran's post-election riots, 06 Jul 2009